Ocean County Press Release
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department is offering classes for women looking to learn the basics of self-defense.

During the two hour course, women 16 years and older will be taught basic striking, as well as how to escape from holds, chokes and grabs. The defensive moves are taught from both standing and ground positions.

"This is the first time that our Parks and Recreation Department has ever hosted this type of seminar," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines, who serves as Director to the Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department. "It is a great opportunity for women to learn how to protect themselves, as well as a way for us to promote public safety."

The course will be taught by Dan Chandler who is a second degree black belt and American Top Team Level 3 MMA instructor with years of experience working with children and adults.

"Knowing the basics of self-defense helps us increase our levels of awareness so we are more in tune with our surroundings and any potential danger," said Haines. "This is an excellent chance to learn the basics on how to defend yourself."

Class attendees are advised to wear comfortable clothing, and bring $20, either exact cash or a check made payable to Trench Sports LLC for the session. Ocean County is offering the course four times.
Classes are scheduled for Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Program Room at the Ocean County Parks Administration Building, 1198 Brandon Road, here.

The class is scheduled on the following dates: March 16, 23, 30 and April 4.

Registration is required and there is a $5 per person registration fee. Space is limited. To register or for more information, contact the Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department at 732-506-9090.

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